If you have an interest in learning a foreign language then you’ve probably thought about taking a language class. The problem with classes is that they run on someone else’s schedule never mind the find they can be quite costly. In this list of apps we’ll be taking a look at a variety of educational apps that will help you learn a foreign language on your own schedule, at your pace, and without having to spend a fortune in the process.
The best iPhone apps for learning a foreign language
4 Jan 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Sometimes the best way to learn a foreign language is by finding someone who speaks that language as their native tongue. The Tandem app makes this possible and fun. All users have to do is browse through the "community" of users to find those who speak the language they are wishing to learn. It gives users a way to have real conversations in those languages, so you’ll be using everyday terms and situations. Of course this all works on your schedule so whenever you feel like you've got extra time and want to learn, simply launch the app. You won't have to worry about hidden costs, as this one is free.
- Learn how to speak a variety of languages
- Chat with native speakers whenever you like
- The app is free to use
- There is no set-up required
ListeningDrill is designed to help users learn one of several different foreign languages. Adjust the play speed of videos or audio to better understand the pronunciation of the words. Merge subtitles, AB repeat, check whole scripts, bookmarks, listen and repeat, adjust size and color of fonts, play app in the background and much more. The idea behind this app is to make the process of learning a new language simple, smooth and efficient. ListeningDrill has ads in this version. An in-app upgrade is required to remove ads.
- Learn one of several different foreign languages
- Watch videos with subtitles to hear and read the language
- Bookmark favorites, Playback slower, Repeat video
- Adjust subtitle settings, Listen to audio only
- In-app purchase to remove ads
HiNative is a platform where users can connect with native speakers from other countries. Learn other languages and have people check your pronunciation, ask questions, have your questions translated into other languages, take pictures of an item and learn that item’s native word, get suggestions on what to see when traveling internationally, powerful search tool, get notifications and more. There’s an in-app purchase for the premium version of this app, which will add even more features in the near future.
- Connect with users from other countries
- Ask questions, Have your pronunciations checked
- Take pictures of items for translation purposes
- Get travel suggestions, Search tool, Notifications
- In-app purchase for the premium version
This app offers users a variety of 19 different languages to learn from. Whether you have advanced knowledge, basic, or no knowledge of the language you are interested in this app can help. The whole goal is to help you improve on your skills, no matter what level your skills are. Some of the languages available include Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German. The app takes you through the vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills that you'll need to speak it. It focuses on teaching the foundation of each language so users can then get a firm grasp on it.
- The app offers a large variety of languages
- Any skill level can use the app
- Users will be studying vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills
- Users will get a good grasp of the foundation of each language
This app literally hooks users up with hundreds of languages and thousands of courses and the best part is that all of it is free. It uses a "scientific learning system" that is meant to allow you to learn 44 words per hour. Sounds intimidating right? Well the app takes a very user-friendly approach and uses a variety of games to help you learn. As well it will track your progress so you can see how well you're doing. The app offers example audio, sentences, and videos to help in the learning process. Some of the languages offered include Italian, Swedish, Polish, French, and German.
- The app connects users with hundreds of different languages
- There are thousands of courses to take
- The app is user-friendly
- There are various games meant to help in the learning process
- The app uses its own “scientific learning system”
If you are planning to visit a country that speaks a different language, want to be able to converse with friends in another language, or you've just been wanting to pick up another language the Waygo Translator & Dictionary app can prove to be a useful tool. This app teaches users how to speak and read Chinese, Japanese, Cantonese, Korean, and Kanji. These can be particularly hard languages to pick up on, especially if you don’t have any existing knowledge, so the app takes a user-friendly and inviting approach. It features offline translation that is instant. You can just snap a photo of the text and it will translate it for you or provide you with the dictionary meaning. Think how handy this could be while traveling and you're trying to read street signs, the subway system, or menus at restaurants.
- The app allows for instant offline translation
- Access a dictionary offline
- Perfect for travellers
Here's your opportunity to choose from more than 100 different popular languages to learn on your own time. You can choose to specialize in just one or try to learn a number of them. It features native speakers as the teacher of each of the languages. What makes this app unique is its' text and talk exchange mode that is helpful and easy to use. Some of the languages offered include Chinese, Russian, Italian, Spanish, German, and French. While the app is free to download there are a number of different options, including memberships, which require in-app purchases.
- The app supports more than 100 different languages
- The app is free to download
- The app is user-friendly and helpful
- It features a text and talk exchange mode that aids the learning process
There's no need to wonder what that sign says, how to chat with an overseas friend, or how to read the menu at the foreign restaurant thanks to the iTranslate app. This one has actually won a number of awards so you know you're get an app with proven results and a great track record. It supports more than 90 languages, can be used on the Apple Watch, and has a number of dictionaries built in. In premium mode you'll be able to take advantage of the voice input feature to get your translations. Don't forget to make use of the history, share, and favorites tools.
- The app supports more than 90 languages
- The app has won a number of awards
- It supports the Apple Watch
- It has built-in dictionaries
- It features a history, share, and favorites tool
Sometimes you don't want to be typing in words in order to get a translation and that's when the Translate Voice Free app comes in especially handy. This is a free voice translation too that supports more than 100 different languages. This means you'll be able to go ahead and have that conversation no matter what country you may be visiting. It boasts a "super accurate" voice recognition system and you can also share your translations with others. Some of the languages supported are Chinese, German, Spanish, Russian, French, and Portuguese. This is ideal for those who don’t have time to learn another language but still need to be able to speak it.
- The app supports more than 100 languages
- It has impressive voice recognition
- Have a conversation with others regardless of the language barrier
If you're currently trying to learn another language the Quizlet app can help in the process. This app acts as a study tool where you can make your own customized quiz or access the millions available in the database. There are a variety of games, flashcards, and other tools to help you learn. Go ahead and use audio and images and you can access pronunciation tools as well. This one is ideal not just for students but teachers too who want to give students access to tools that can aid in the learning process. The app is easy to navigate and set up so you can focus on the task at hand – learning.
- This app acts as a study tool
- It can be used by students and teachers
- There are a variety of games and flashcards
- Create your own customized quiz
- Access the quizzes others have made